Quick Hit: Neunaber Iconoclast

Space constrained? This compact simulator delivers many realistic speaker sounds for practice, performance, and recording.

I’m a stubborn city dweller. And I like guitars through real amps, space be damned. But as dinky as my place is, even mic’ing a Champ can be a hassle in my kitchen/office/studio. Neunaber Audio Iconoclast speaker simulator eliminates many such hassles—both by virtue of its size (about as big as an MXR stompbox) and a simple stereo I/O array that directs output to a recording interface, powered speakers, PA, or headphones via the side-mounted 1/8" out.

Iconoclast uses filtering rather than impulse response to spin its speaker sim’ tricks. That means the three EQ controls in Iconoclast’s simple dial set also serve to simulate various speaker dynamics. More low end equals bigger virtual cabinet size, while mid and high adjustments replicate specific speaker dynamics. The trick works well: particularly for demos or recordings with dense mixes where true speaker dynamics stand out less. Iconoclast works really well at the end of a pedalboard—even with gnarly fuzz in the mix. You’ll hear a slight lack of mass and dimension in some situations. And it probably won’t replace your favorite amp. But for practice and recording in tight spaces, Iconoclast is an impressive stand-in, and a potentially very valuable asset.

Test gear: Fender Telecaster Deluxe, Apogee Duet, Pioneer monitor headphones, Mackie PA



Simple to use. Space-conscious design. Nice speaker simulations for clean tones. Works well with pedals.

Works less well with chaotic playing styles relying on feedback or heavy speaker compression.


Neunaber Iconoclast


Ease of Use:



Rig Rundown: All That Remains' Mike Martin & Jason Richardson [2022]

Celebrating The Fall of Ideals, Mike Martin upgrades with two smoking PRS Custom 24s, while Jason Richardson unveils two dazzling Music Man Cutlass signatures.

Read More Show less

Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

Read More Show less

A lightweight, portable amp series developed after months of forensic examination of vintage valve amps.

Read More Show less